Shakespeare's Sources

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SourcesShakespearean Play
Plutarch's 'Life of Antonius,' and Lucian's 'Timon the Misanthrope.'
Holinshed (again), An anonymous play called 'The Troublesome Raigne of Iohn King of England,' published in two parts
Arthur Brooke's poem 'The Tragicall Historye of Romeus and Iuliet,' written in 1562. He also could have known the popular tale from William Painter's colle
Plutarch's 'Lives of the Noble Greeks and Romans' and Samuel Daniels' play which developed the heroine.
Thomas Lodge's novel 'Rosalynde: Euphues Golden Legacie' An introductory remark 'If you like it, so,' may explain the title
Norse legend from Saxo Grammaticus' 'History of the Danes' (c. 1200 AD)
Plautus' play 'The Menaechmi', probably from the original Latin. Shakespeare adds a second set of twins and deletes a few characters.
The name of a descendant of King Lear is taken from Holinshed's 'Chronicles' but many details from Boccaccio's 'Decameron'
'Henrici Quinti Angliae Regis Gesta,' which written during the main character's reign.
SourcesShakespearean Play
This play borrowed the court case from G Fiorentino's 'The Simpleton' (1565) and the casket game from Richard Robinson's 'Gesta Romanorum'
The image of the king as a brilliant villian is largely based on More's version.
The first four acts are copied almost exactly from Holinshed and Hall, and Act V is based on Foxe's 'Book of Martyrs' (fourth edition).
Monmouth's 'History of the Kings of Britain,' (1135). The role of the Earl of Kent was inspired by the character Perillus in an anonymous version
Holinshed's “Chronicles of Scotland's History,” Hector Boece's “Scotorum Historiae,” Reginald Scot's “Discovery of Witchcraft', King James I's “Daemonologie”
Cinthio's novella 'Hecatommithi,' Leo Africanus' 'A Geographical History of Africa,'
Poem with the unfortunate title 'A Lamentable Ballad of the Tragical End of a Gallant Lord and of his Beautiful Lady, With the Untimely Death of Their Children, Wickedly Performed
'Apollonius of Tyre,' though the name may be inspired by the character Pyrocles in Sir Philip Sidney's 'Arcadia.'
Chapman's 'Iliad' as well as Caxton, Lydgate, and a story by Chaucer.

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